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What’s On: rodeo comes to town, soul sensation and wearable art

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What’s On: rodeo comes to town, soul sensation and wearable art

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What's On: wild ride, soul sensation, prize-winning writers and wearable art festival

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Ray White Nambour Rodeo

Ray White Nambour presents the annual Ray White Nambour Rodeo in conjunction with Honky-Tonk Rodeo Promotions and the National Rodeo Association to benefit Reimagine Nambour. Hot food and a licenced bar will be available. Bring the family along for a night of entertainment.

When: Friday, May 20, 5pm.

Where: Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour.

Tickets: $30 or $15 for kids via Sticky Tickets.


Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul

Soul sensation Lisa Hunt is bringing her high-energy Forever Soul show to the NightQuarter live stage. Ms Hunt began singing in that great African-American tradition, the gospel church and there laid the foundation of her soulful singing style. She went on to study voice at The City College of New York, where she received a BFA in music. NightQuarter has food stalls, themed bars, more live music, amusement rides and more. Don’t miss this performance.

When: Friday, May 20, 4pm.

Where: NightQuarter, 8 The Avenue, Birtinya.

Tickets: $5 via NightQuarter.

Picture: Shutterstock.


SWF Live and Local – Michelle de Kretser & Christos Tsiolkas

Two of the biggest names in Australian literature, Michelle de Kretser (Scary Monsters) and Christos Tsiolkas (7ó), come together to discuss their latest books. These thrilling contributions to already stellar careers take them in new directions as they play with form and voice while asking questions of their own work and the world. Don’t miss what promises to be a fascinating exchange between these prize-winning writers, with host Roanna Gonsalves.

When: Friday, May 20, midday to 1pm.

Where: Verandah Room, Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny.

Tickets: $15 via TryBooking.

Australian Wearable Art Festival


The Australian Wearable Art Festival has made the Sunshine Coast its home. A fusion of high-end fashion and the sculptural world of art, this event is Australia’s largest wearable art show, where more than 50 national and international entries take to the catwalk in a spectacular night of entertainment. With four main categories, artworks might be made from beautiful fresh flowers, repurposed bicycle tyres, teabags or police tape.

When: Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 1pm to 9.30pm.

Where: Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina.

Tickets: $50 via Venue 114.

Joe Man Murphy

Joe Man Murphy is not your average performer – he puts his heart and soul into every show, whether it be a festival, sit-down show or a busking performance. For this musician, music is an addiction, a way of life and a way to share his Irish roots and Australian experience. He is beloved by many people in the folk festival music community around Australia and is a world-class act. After seeing Joe Man Murphy you go away feeling connected and part of something greater than yourself.


When: Friday, May 20, 6pm to 9pm.

Where: Bucking Seahorse, 20 First Avenue, Mooloolaba.

Tickets: $25 via Bucking Seahorse.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Starward Whisky Degustation

One of Australia’s best craft distilleries, Starward creates whisky for a curious, food-obsessed generation. Starward sources every ingredient from just a day’s drive away from the Melbourne distillery and works closely with growers, winemakers, farmers, traders and maltsters to ensure Starward produce is the best quality produce possible. This degustation pairs Starward Whisky with dishes from The Long Apron Restaurant.

When: Sunday, May 22, 12pm to 3pm.


Where: The Long Apron Restaurant, 68 Balmoral Road, Montville.

Tickets: $190 via Eventbrite.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo

With access to the Sunshine Coast’s best wedding vendors, recognised and awarded for their service and quality, the hassle has been taken out of planning your special day by giving you access to these top suppliers under one roof. Not only will you get the chance to meet them face-to-face, get hands on with their products and see if they are the right fit for your wedding, but you’ll also have access to exclusive expo specials and promotions and go in the draw to win big.

When: Sunday, May 22, 10am to 3pm.

Where: Maroochy RSL Events Centre, 105 Memorial Avenue, Maroochydore. Tickets: $10.76 via Eventbrite.


Picture: Shutterstock.

Brunchfest

Sip and savour your way through a brand new Sunday morning festival, celebrating everything about the brunch game. Discover a smorgasbord of savoury and sweet breakfast bites and cocktails and bubbles galore. Brunchfest is a collaboration with Her Wardrobe Markets and NightQuarter to create the Sunday morning destination of your dreams. Shop a huge variety of pre-loved and vintage clothing from Sunny Coast fashionistas and browse for a bargain.

When: Sunday, May 22, 9am to 1pm.

Where: NightQuarter, 8 The Avenue, Birtinya.

Tickets: From $3 via Moshtix.

Picture: Shutterstock.


Magical Home Herbology – Drying, Prepping and Storing

Herbs are full of amazing, magical properties that can calm the spirit, aid during disease states and soothe inflammation. This two-and-a-half-hour class will leave you with basic knowledge of how to harvest and dry them, while saving all of those nutrients and constituents for best effect and use in teas and tisanes, infused oils and even tonics.

When: Saturday, May 21, 10am to 1pm.

Where: 12 South River Drive, Mooloolah Valley.

Tickets: Free event, register via Eventbrite.

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